Port Commissioner Holland Resigns

By Emily Heffter, February 13, 2013, Seattle Times

Port of Seattle Commissioner Rob Holland has resigned his position effective March 15, according to Port spokesman Jason Kelly. Holland, who joined the Port in 2010, was the subject of a Seattle Times story Sunday about the problems he ran into during his first term, including misusing a Port credit card, personal financial problems, and sometimes difficult relationships with staff and colleagues.

A news release from the Port said Holland is leaving “to pursue other professional opportunities.”

In a statement, he said: “The Port’s mission of creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity for everyone in our community will remain close to my heart. The working waterfront is an engine for jobs that lifts families up into prosperity. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to serve the people of King County on economic justice issues and look forward to continuing my community service in other venues.”

As a commissioner, Holland worked to attract minority and women-owned businesses to the airport and, on a trip to Korea, participated in negotiations to retain Hanjin, one of the Port’s largest shipping lines, at the Port.

“Rob has been a powerful advocate for working families during his service on the Commission,” said Commission President Tom Albro. “He firmly believes that a rising tide must lift all boats, a sentiment that I know we all share. While we will miss Rob’s voice in our meetings, we know he will continue to advance important issues.”

Port commissioners are in the middle of an appointment process to fill a vacancy left by Gael Tarleton, who joined the state House of Representatives. Now they will begin a process to fill Holland’s seat, as well, the news release said.

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